Tonna Miller-Vallés, Soprano
Event: Lady Parts, Music of the Abolition Movement
Hailed by the New York Times as “fresh” and “sweet-toned,” and described in Opera News as having a “sugar-tipped soprano,” Tonna Miller is recognized for her “flesh and blood” performances and “natural stage presence.” Equally at home in the major opera houses of America and on Broadway, Ms. Miller has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and as the fiery Carlotta Giudicelli in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera for her Broadway debut. Ms. Miller has been heard as Fortuna in L’incoronazione di Poppea for her Los Angeles Opera debut; in the title role in Patience with New York City Opera; with Houston Grand Opera as Jano in Jenufa and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte; as Nannetta in Falstaff with Glimmerglass Opera, as Naïade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Santa Fe Opera; and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with Michigan Opera Theatre. As a frequent artist with New York City Opera, she has been heard as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, Helen Niles in Mourning Becomes Electra and as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, where she was recognized as having a “lovely, clear voice” and “connect[ing] with her character’s virginal, conflicted proclivities.” With Opera Theatre of St. Louis, she has performed Wanda in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, and Euridice in Monteverdi’s The Tale of Orpheus. Other notable performances have included Marilyn Monroe in Do Not Go Gentle with Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Aline in The Sorcerer and Offenbach operettas with Bard Summerscape; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Vespina in Haydn’s L’infedeltá delusa with the American Symphony Orchestra; Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Adele in Die Fledermuas with Toledo Opera; Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Yum-Yum with Augusta Opera; both Josephine and Clorinda in La cenerentola for Nashville Opera; Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony; and Handel’s Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society and the Pacific Symphony.